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Comment Policy

We encourage you to share your thoughts as they relate to the topic being discussed.  We  review and post comments according to the policy below.  The views expressed in comments reflect those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the federal government.  We want to publish your comments, but we expect comments generally to be courteous.  To that end, we have established the following policy.

We reserve the discretion not to post any comments that:

  • contain obscene, indecent, or profane language;
  • contain threats or defamatory statements;
  • contain hate speech directed at race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, or disability; or
  • promote or endorse services or products. (Note that non-commercial links that are relevant to the topic or another comment are acceptable. As a general matter, however, we encourage you not to include links to company or organization websites advertising products or services or soliciting contributions.)

We do not edit comments to remove objectionable content, so please ensure that your comments contain none of the above.  We will not post comments containing objectionable content.

Additionally, we will not post comments from EPA employees acting in their official capacity. Any such comments should be submitted through internal channels.  This forum is intended solely to provide a discussion forum for external stakeholders.

Subject to EPA discretion, identical comments may not be posted to the discussion forum.

Do not submit copyrighted or other proprietary material in any form unless you clearly indicate that you have permission to do so.  By posting your comments or other work, you grant EPA and anyone viewing the EPA Web site irrevocable permission to copy, distribute, make derivatives, display or perform the commenter’s work publicly and free-of-charge.

If you are a reporter, please send questions to the EPA Newsroom through normal channels rather than by submitting questions here as comments.  It is our policy not to post reporter questions.

We recognize that the Internet is a 24/7 medium and your comments are welcome at any time.  However, given the need to manage Federal resources, we intend to review and post comments from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except for on Federal holidays.  We intend to review and post comments submitted at other times as soon as possible on the next business day.

This site will be open for comments until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on September 21, 2011.

EPA will not respond directly to any comments received in this forum.  However, after the forum closes for comments, EPA will place the entire discussion forum, with comments included and attached to their associated post, in the docket for this activity, EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0516, which will be available at

We offer you the opportunity to provide your name, organization, and e-mail address, although providing this information is optional.  We request your name and organization to make it easier to carry on a conversation with other commenters and to help provide context for your comment.  For this reason, we publish your name and organization along with your comment.  We ask for your e-mail address so that we can contact you if necessary.  It is our policy not to publish your e-mail address.

To protect your privacy, please do not include personal information that identifies you (e.g., an e-mail address or phone number) in the text of your comment.  Please read the privacy discussion in Frequent Questions.  You can find additional guidance as to how EPA regards privacy issues within the privacy policy provided on EPA’s main Web site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy.  We encourage your participation in this discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.